Kaplan calls Warriors owners ‘deadbeat billionaires’ after team loses arena debt court battle

Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan won't be getting a Christmas card (or Hanukkah card) from Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob this holiday season. The California Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the Warriors' appeal of a ruling requiring the team to pay its remaining arena debt, which began in 1996 as a 30-year, $140 … Continue reading Kaplan calls Warriors owners ‘deadbeat billionaires’ after team loses arena debt court battle

Oakland Unified has a reopening plan, but many variables exist

"Oakland Unified submitted its reopening plan this week to Alameda County in the hopes of allowing some students back to class beginning on Jan. 25, but the proposal is also contingent on bargaining with the teachers union as well as the number of coronavirus cases now surging through the country," KTVU reports. "California allows schools … Continue reading Oakland Unified has a reopening plan, but many variables exist

Oakland approves natural gas ban in new buildings

Newly constructed buildings in Oakland will be all-electric after the Oakland City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday night prohibiting the installation of natural gas in new structures. City leaders said the ordinance is fundamental for Oakland to achieve its climate action goals, among them reducing greenhouses by 36 percent below 2005 levels. If Oakland … Continue reading Oakland approves natural gas ban in new buildings

Realtors come to the aid of Oakland city attorney challenger

The big money continues to flow into Oakland’s elections this fall. Ride-hailing tech companies are spending $100,000 to defeat Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, and East Bay labor unions have poured $343,000 into the race to unseat Councilmember Lynette McElhaney, as of the Sept. 19 campaign finance filing period.  Now, real estate interests are hoping to take … Continue reading Realtors come to the aid of Oakland city attorney challenger

Kaplan lashes out at Lyft, challenges them to a debate

Oakland At-Large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan wore two pins during a virtual press conference on Monday: One for her re-election campaign and another in opposition to Proposition 22, the statewide ballot measure funded by gig companies, such as Lyft, Uber, and DoorDash. In both campaigns, mega-tech companies are spending astronomical amounts of money to affect the … Continue reading Kaplan lashes out at Lyft, challenges them to a debate

Alameda County, A’s finalize deal for half the Coliseum property

The Oakland Athletics finalized the purchase of Alameda County’s half of the Coliseum property for $85 million on Monday. The deal is another step toward the franchise’s plans to build a privately-financed ballpark at Howard Terminal, along with a future development at the Coliseum. The team is currently in negotiations with Oakland to buy the … Continue reading Alameda County, A’s finalize deal for half the Coliseum property

Labor IE pumping big money into Oakland’s District Three race

Labor unions desperately want to defeat Oakland District 3 Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney this November and they have the receipts to show their discontent. An Independent Expenditure Committee (IE) backed the powerful Service Employees International (SEIU) Local 1021, Alameda Labor Council, and other unions, has pumped $343,000 into the District 3 race, through Sept. 19, … Continue reading Labor IE pumping big money into Oakland’s District Three race

Oakland police chief applicants unlikely to be vetted by the public

The Oakland Police Commission extended Interim Chief of Police Susan Manheimer’s contract to Dec. 8. The move comes after the commission was scheduled to provide Mayor Libby Schaaf with a short list of potential candidates by the end of this month. The extension allows the commission a longer timeframe to vet a sizable number of … Continue reading Oakland police chief applicants unlikely to be vetted by the public

Oakland voters will have plenty of candidates to choose from this November

Six candidates, including incumbent Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney, will vie for the Oakland City Council District 3 seat this fall. Five are seeking to replace retiring District 7 Councilmember Larry Reid, and at-large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan's re-election faces a potentially potent challenger in restaurateur Derreck Johnson. In addition, the beleaguered Oakland school board is in … Continue reading Oakland voters will have plenty of candidates to choose from this November

Oakland progressives are pushing Alameda County Dems to oppose selling Coliseum to the A’s

A group of Oakland progressives led by former Oakland mayoral candidate Pamela Price wants the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee to oppose the city's proposed sale of its half of the Coliseum complex to the Oakland Athletics. Push back by the Alameda County Democratic Party toward the proposed deal would be a significant development in … Continue reading Oakland progressives are pushing Alameda County Dems to oppose selling Coliseum to the A’s

Biden chooses Harris, a former Alameda County prosecutor, as his running mate

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden chose Sen. Kamala Harris, an East Bay native, as his running mate. "I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked Kamala Harris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate," Biden tweeted on Tuesday … Continue reading Biden chooses Harris, a former Alameda County prosecutor, as his running mate

Covid-19: Oakland Zoo says its running out of money and at risk of closure

The Oakland Zoo is bleeding money and at risk of closure if it does not reopen soon, its executive vice president said. The Oakland Zoo, which has been closed since the covid-19 shelter in place was ordered in mid-March, is losing $2.5 million in revenue each month due to the closure, Nik Dehejia, the Oakland … Continue reading Covid-19: Oakland Zoo says its running out of money and at risk of closure

Schaaf vs. Trump

Hell is another four years of this racist in the White House.-Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf responding to President Trump, who said Oakland, Baltimore, Detroit, and Chicago, is "like living in hell."

Bas on budget

5 Councilmembers who passed Oakland budget tonight just killed democracy.-Oakland Councilmember Nikki Fortunato Bas tweeting on Tuesday night after the Oakland City Council approved its budget without properly noticing changes made earlier in the day. Bas had sought up to $25 million in cuts to the Oakland Police Department.

Oakland City Council, school board, begins move toward defunding police

After property damage and looting swept through Oakland two weeks ago in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and the national refocus on police brutality that followed, city officials are bringing legislation to the forefront to match the community's call for changes in policing. Specifically, the movement to “defund police” is moving briskly … Continue reading Oakland City Council, school board, begins move toward defunding police